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The Remote Viewers: Stranded Depots

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The trio known as “The Remote Viewers” continues with their tightly woven sax/synth arrangements amid Louise Petts’ often deviously alluring vocals, evidenced on “The Slow Edge” and elsewhere. “Sequences of Regret” features haunting EFX, sounds of the pocket theremin and counteracting horn choruses, whereas the band also intermingles semi-classical undercurrents with intricately executed modern jazz-based interludes and odd-metered two-note unison lines. Basically, the trio’s calling card consists of rhythmically constructed motifs, brimming with complex yet well-coordinated sax parts and the soloists’ occasional plaintive cries. However, some of these combo – rock tinged, free-jazz pieces also present dimly lit scenarios and diametrically opposed themes.

Needless to state, this band generates quite a bit of interest as, Stranded Depots might represent “The Remote Viewers” finest effort to date. Through it all, the musicians’ touch upon various genres, while they consistently maintain an inimitable group sound along with an air of playful innocence. - The ensemble’s very special concoctions should seemingly appeal to a diversified audience. Recommended.

Leo Records

Track Listing: The Slow Edge; Lost Verticals Through Water; Goodbye; Sequences of Regret; The Sickness of Books; The Journey of Lead; The Strategy of Response; Steeled Design; Furthering Detachment; Priere; The Sharpening of Liquid; The Exclusion of Sound; Limits in Movement

Personnel: Adrian Northover; soprano & alto saxophones: Louise Petts; vocals & pocket theremin: David Petts; tenor saxophone, autoharp & Roland Synth

Title: Stranded Depots | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Leo Records

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